JOHNSBURG- With frequent snowstorms and low temperatures, Adirondack residents are forced to find unique ways to exercise.
Just ask Carol Pearsall, of Johnsburg, a Tai Chi instructor who hopes to bring the benefits of her passion to the people of the North Country through classes offered at North Country Outreach Center in North Creek.
Tai Chi is a Chinese form of martial arts that is popular for its effects on overall health, including longevity, harmony of mind and balance.
"It is a lifelong activity," Pearsall said. "And promotes balance, both standing and within the body, while promoting meditation and self awareness."
Tai Chi, also, does not require any equipment and can be practice within limited spaces, as it was developed as a form of military exercise.
Pearsall is a student of Mark Tolstrup, of The Tai Chi Center in Saratoga Springs, who has studied Tai Chi, meditation, Qi Gong and Chinese internal martial arts with many masters. With over 10 years of experience, he offers various classes to all abilities at his center.
Pearsall has been doing Tai Chi for close to 12 years and began teaching after six years.
"There is always something new to learn," she said. "I enjoy unraveling the layers."
Despite the difficult weather, winter exercise opportunities are bountiful across the region.
"There are plenty of things to do, snow or no snow," Pearsall said.
The following are several exercise opportunities available to local and regional residents:
Yoga at North Country Outreach Center, Fridays at 5:30 p.m.
Yoga in the Topridge Room at Gore Mountain, Sundays at 8:15 a.m.
Kundalini Yoga at Copperfield Inn, Tuesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m.
Classes at Yoga in the Adirondacks Studio in Bakers Mills, Mondays at 5:30 p.m.
Yoga at Adirondack Museum, Tuesdays at 5 p.m.
Osteobusters at Byron Park Building, Thursdays at 9 a.m.
Yoga at St. Henry's Church, Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
Yoga at Newcomb Central School, Mondays at 6 p.m.
Karate at Newcomb Central School, Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
Zumba at Newcomb Central School, Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.